Kettle Falls Seventh-day Adventist Church
Editor: Marilyn Morgan

March  |  2015


Community Meal Program

Seventy-four people were guests at the Valentine event and Dinner with the Doctor February 15. Lovely pink and red decorations designed by Bonny Page beautified the room.
 
For the heart-healthy menu, Neva Brackett and her crew—Patty Marsh, Angela Peoples, Sabine Cain, Ann Schreven, Donna Bragg, Leroy and Opal Potter—served Creamy Cauliflower Soup, Bread Sticks with “Love Your Heart” Butter and Almond-olive Spread, Manicotti Prima Vera, Tossed Green Salad with Honey Orange Dressing, and Hearts and Berries Fantasia.



Kris Leaving

January, 2014 started the year off in an outreach adventure when Kris Akenberger moved to Stevens County. This gentle giant with a tender heart made an impression on the lives of all those he came in contact with.
 
Kris went door to door in the snow, ice, rain or heat looking for anyone interested in studying the Bible. Whenever he could, he would take someone with him to seek out these interested individuals. If he found a lady that wanted to take Bible studies, he would invite one of us to join him.
 
This was a beautiful opportunity for us as laymen (and lay women) to work in God’s vineyard with a trained Bible worker in reaching souls for Christ’s kingdom. Week after week, Kris would patiently and earnestly lead each interested Bible student to accept Christ and the beautiful truths from His Word. His tender and compassionate heart was evidence of his sincerity and desire for their salvation.
 
Because of Kris’ efforts, we have four beautiful new people who have joined the Kettle Falls district churches: Evelyn in Inchelium, Grant and Joanne in Kettle Falls, and Jennifer in Northport.
 
It has been a real blessing knowing and working with Kris and he will be greatly missed. I know that the Lord will bless him as he works with ASI and He will continue to lead Kris in whatever he does.  

A Letter from Sara

Our move

We needed to move to another place for many reasons, but the main ones were that the mosque next to us was really noisy, the landlord raised the price by 2000$! per year, and the downstairs neighbors needed a break from us as with all the running around all day long from the little ones. So have we moved to a nice apartment with no one living below us, only a restaurant, perfect!


I need to tell you about the move before I continue with the rest of the news….We hired a moving company to come and move everything, and since we were on the fifth floor they do it really quickly by using some type of a lift—sort of a long ladder that has a big loading area that is brought up and loaded. I have never seen this anywhere before except here. The day before the move they came with boxes and informed us that they would be here the next day to move everything. In the evening we asked the guy that translated for us about what time they would arrive the next day, and he said probably around 9 am or 10 am. We packed as much as we could and left the rest for the next morning; this was a big mistake. Shahbaz got up early the following morning while he let me sleep just a little longer. In the middle of my sweet sleep Shahbaz rushed in and told me that the guys were there and they meant business when it came to moving. It was only about 7:00 am. I quickly got dressed and went to see what was happening. They literally grabbed anything that they saw and packed it down. I couldn’t stop laughing; everything was so hectic and funny at the same time. In the rush I accidentally packed down Shahbaz’ pants with the car key in the pocket; fortunately we managed to find the right box and retrieved the pants. All along they were singing and trying to speak English. Now we are settled in and I am glad to have this move behind us.

New church location and Center of Influence

We are finally out of the old room that we rented in the mall that was our church for over a year. We have rented a three bedroom apartment that is used for the church and also for the new COI (Center of Influence) that will open on February 1. The COI will serve as a means of education for the refugees within our group. There will be English classes, computer classes, and so on. The new place is a blessing!
 
Because of Jonathan’s sickness and health that has not improved at all but actually gotten worse, we almost made the decision to not stay another year. We really prayed about what to do and made the decision to stay and find another doctor. We are now in the process of going through new tests and ideas with another physician. Please pray for the guidance of God in all of this. It is very hard on all of us but especially Jonathan. He is having a constant stomach ache and headaches all the time. Even through all this, he is still trying to be positive and happy.
 
Many blessings,
Sara
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[Sara and family are currently ministering to Muslims in an undisclosed location.]

Dinner with the Doctor / Valentine Dinner 

Seventy-four people were guests at the Valentine event and Dinner with the Doctor February 15. Lovely pink and red decorations designed by Bonny Page beautified the room.
 
For the heart-healthy menu, Neva Brackett and her crew—Patty Marsh, Angela Peoples, Sabine Cain, Ann Schreven, Donna Bragg, Leroy and Opal Potter—served Creamy Cauliflower Soup, Bread Sticks with “Love Your Heart” Butter and Almond-olive Spread, Manicotti Prima Vera, Tossed Green Salad with Honey Orange Dressing, and Hearts and Berries Fantasia.
 
After the meal, Jim Brackett lectured those present using pictorial illustrations about arteries, plaque, cholesterol, and other problems relating to the heart and its functioning. Then he answered a variety of questions from the listeners.

 


Evidence that Love Does Conquer Fear

Everyone faces stressful times, but new research shows one way to mentally fortify yourself beforehand. Researchers found that if subjects are shown brief images of people receiving love and support just prior to seeing threatening images, the brain‘s threat monitor (the amygdala) doesn‘t fire. The love reminder helps shield and restore nerves during stress, particularly for anxious people.
 
Positive Tip: For peak mental health, meditate on the love of others and remember that God’s “perfect love casts out fear”. — Posted by Brian R. Bell on January 27th 2015

Jonathan & Angela Peoples

New church members Jon and Angela Peoples came to Kettle Falls from Union Spring Academy where Jon served as the Administrative Secretary. Angela taught science classes.
 
Previously Angela taught at Dakota SDA Academy. Jon worked for NBC, North Dakota News, and was awarded a TEDDY for Best Photography from the North Dakota Broadcasters Association. Over the years Jon has worked for Laymen Ministries in Idaho as a photographer of their work done in Lithuania, Romania, Philippines, and India. Jon has a fifteen-year-old daughter who visits occasionally
 
Jon and Angela met and married in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
 
At present Jon works at Merle Door and Window Company and Angela works part time at Grandview Inn in Kettle Falls.


Kendel & Joyce Marsh

Marshes told me tonight they did not get my e-mail with this write-up. So it may change somewhat. I’m sending it to them again.
 
Before moving to Republic, Kendel and Joyce Marsh lived and worked in the northeast corner of Indiana, a farming community where 50 % of the population is Amish. Previously they had attended Andrews University where they earned degrees, met, and married.
 
Kendal did patent research for Dow Chemical, Dekko Miles, and Bayer working on medical instrumentation and glucometers including an automated one. He earned his own patent on one instrument and thirteen other patents for the above companies.
 
In 2000 after Ken retired they worked at Indiana Academy with Ken supervising much-needed update work on nearly all the academy electrical, plumbing, and electronic facilities. Joyce taught at the elementary school, supervised the library, and was school nurse. Later Ken worked at Andrews University in facilities and laboratories. In 2000 Joyce began teaching at the community college and continued there ten years.
 
After Ken supposedly retired he installed three TV and AM radio stations which brought Hope and 3 ABN channels to the area. This necessitated the installing of miles of cable in one-fourth of the northern part of Indiana. Seventy people first became interested in Adventist church doctrines after watching Channel 45 in Fort Wayne.
 
The Marshes also started a church in Wolcottville thirteen years ago which now has 25 members with about 30-35 people attending each Sabbath, and it became an official SDA church in 2003. In addition Joyce taught for a year at a school they started with seven students.
 
Currently the Marshes are busy getting settled in their new home. They live near a daughter in Republic, and another daughter lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
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